13-year-old girl hospitalized after pickup swerves off road, hits her in Redford Township

Police say texting, fatigue may have led to pickup driver suddenly leaving Inkster Road, striking girl

Author: Guy Gordon, Local 4 Anchor, @newsGuy4, guyg@wdiv.com
Published On: Sep 10 2013 05:57:44 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 11 2013 03:11:25 PM EDT
13-year-old hit Inkster Road

Elizabeth Muse Elizabeth Muse was walking home from school on the shoulder of Inkster Road north of 7 Mile Road, just 10 steps from the safety of her own driveway, when a Ford Super Duty pickup truck suddenly left the road and sent her flying 75 feet.

The driver kept going, leaving 13-year-old Elizabeth in the middle of Inkster Road. Police told her parents they are investigating fatigue and texting as factors but say drugs and alcohol are not factors.

"Apparently he was swerving for about 2 miles while he was driving," said a man who lives in the area.

The parents were told the driver was on a suspended driver's license. That alone could bring felony charges.

Everyone agrees that whatever made the pickup driver erratic, he should have had the sense to get off the road.

Elizabeth is at Mott Children's Hospital with a broken pelvis, broken hips and a severe concussion. It will be six months, at least, before she can walk again.

Police also believe the driver may have been speeding. Redford Township has tried to drop the speed limit on the border with Livonia. However, officers say Livonia wants to keep it at 40 miles per hour and that erratic driving on Inkster Road is too common.

"About six months ago I lost my mailbox before, lost the fire hydrant here, lost the mailbox there, lost that mailbox there, and somebody actually, it was a drunk driver, rolled himself in the ditch and then ended upside down up further ahead," the neighbor said.

Redford Township police are anticipating a warrant from prosecutors on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the driver is in custody awaiting formal charges.